Assistant General Counsel, Exchange-Traded Fund Attorney


Date: May 14, 2022

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: New York Life Insurance Co



When you join New York Life, you’re joining a company that values career development, collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness. We want employees to feel proud about being part of a company that is committed to doing the right thing. You’ll have the opportunity to grow your career while developing personally and professionally through various resources and programs. New York Life is a relationship-based company and appreciates how both virtual and in-person interactions support our culture.



New York Life is looking for an attorney to help support its IndexIQ Advisors exchange-traded fund (ETF) business. This is an exciting opportunity to grow in a firm with a history of financial strength and dynamic innovation and play an important role within New York Life’s growing ETF business. The attorney will work directly and collaboratively with IndexIQ’s Chief Legal Officer and other key stakeholders as well as others in New York Life’s Office of the General Counsel.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the organization, registration and listing of IndexIQ’s ETFs
  • Prepare and/or review fund registration statements, periodic reports, other regulatory filings and support general fund matters, including coordination with external counsel and service providers
  • Provide legal advice to the business relating to IndexIQ’s investment products, services and support operating areas of the firm focused on the development, management, regulatory disclosure, and distribution of ETFs, indexes, sub-advisory relationships, separate accounts and separately managed accounts
  • Assist with board meetings and governance, including preparing and reviewing agendas, resolutions, minutes and materials prepared internally and by third parties
  • Assist in negotiating service and other agreements related to the investment management, ETF, and indexing businesses
  • Research and provide support with implementing new regulations, including working across business lines to understand the potential impact to IndexIQ and assist in creating/updating policies and procedures
  • Partner closely with compliance, operations, and portfolio management personnel to ensure proper implementation of policies and procedures


Required Qualifications:

  • JD degree and admitted to practice law in New York
  • 3 to 4 years of experience working as an investment management attorney with a law firm and/or another fund complex
  • Expert knowledge of the Investment Company Act of 1940, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and exchange rules and requirements for ETFs
  • Strong attention to detail and writing, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Desire to learn and increase scope of work and responsibilities as needs arise and experience allows
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and complete projects on a timely basis


Hybrid work schedule:  In the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and remote on Monday and Friday.




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Job Requisition ID: 86326




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